My latest studio blog on Britannia Row Studios, has been published.
Are you ready for some Pink Floyd inspired Montana bred bluegrass? Splendid stuff from the Kitchen Dwellers recorded live just a few days ago.
Once upon a time it was an axiom of this place that people liked a band’s “earlier stuff”. You know, being old and in the way and generally grumpy about this ‘ere modern music an’ all.
So let’s share our thoughts on this. Only TWO bands per category so it doesn’t become an endless unreadable list.
It’s very general, for example I have The Beatles as “later”, which doesn’t mean I don’t like their earlier stuff. It’s just that thinking of their overall oeuvre I prefer listening to MMT to WTB.
Frank Zappa and The Mothers Of Invention Pink Floyd
Steely Dan XTC
Could it be David Gilmour´s On An Island? Love Smile´s lazy Saturday feel.
What´s your favourite? Something by Roger “Giggles” Waters? Rick Wright? One of Syd´s greetings from the end of the world? Bring on the suggestions!
I’ve never got on well with Pink Floyd’s song Atom Heart Mother. Brass bands and psychedelic rock are distantly related musical cousins. Brass tends to present a hard, angular, pragmatic sound, completely at odds with the soft edges favoured by space cadets. And on the evidence of Atom Heart Mother, they mix about as well as oil and water. The brass arrives like an uninvited party guest, and parps and farts to no discernible purpose. To these ears, it sounds like it doesn’t belong there. Still, they tried, so full marks for effort.
Recognising their wrong turn, the band wisely banished the brass, and began to refine what would become their signature sound, a languid music of refined, understated power. Take a trip to Cambridge and follow the River Cam, as it meanders through the gentle furrows of Grantchester Meadows. There are echoes of natural themes throughout their work, and it’s no coincidence that their best music has always worked well outdoors.
But hang on a minute. Fast forward four decades and we stumble across a song called Heavenly Waters by British Sea Power. It’s got a brass band all over it, but seems to be trading on the » Continue Reading.
The audio of this has been around for a while but I’d never seen this wonderful HD footage before.
My favourite era Floyd, love Rick’s playing, and how FZ picks up on his chromatic noodling.
My digitising of vintage off-air reels continues. Here’s something that doesn’t appear to be on the recent Pink Floyd box set (although there are five other versions therein), ‘Apples and Oranges’, a stray track from their first Top Gear session that was held over till 5.11.67 for broadcast. I’m not a Flod buff myself, but I’m sure there are plenty out there who might enjoy hearing this.
Not exactly a faithful reconstruction of the Echoes sequence from Live At Pompei but nonetheless smileworthy.
Anyone know of other clips that pay tribute to film, or music video?
It’s official. The lunatics are on the grass and the counter culture is dead.
Pink Floyd, the band whose music was once synonymous with the underground movement, social revolution and mind-expanding drugs, will appear on a set of UK postage stamps later this year (6 LP sleeves and 4 live images).
The stamps look great, but I can’t help feeling a little sad about the whole concept somehow.
The Division Bell sleeve has already appeared on a postage stamp in 2010 of course.
2nd July 2005. I had been living in London for almost a year, and my girlfriend was coming over from Dublin to join me. That year has been one of transition and although I was a Londonophile, I learnt quickly that working there was different to visiting there. I hadn’t taken the time, nor had the time, to get to be comfortable with the place. I had also failed to get tickets for Live 8, but that didn’t matter – we already had tickets for Elvis Costello that night in Kenwood House on Hampstead Heath.
For fun the two of us went down to Marble Arch that morning and watched the crowds drifting in. Listened outside to Macca & U2 and some Coldplay before wandering off into central London.
Discovered Marylebone High Street for the first time and ended up in Regents Park watching the show on the big screen. My wonky geography meant we ended up over near Swiss Cottage thinking it would be close enough for the Costello gig (pre-smart phone days, no Google maps in the pocket). A taxi got us there.
Even though I had been living in a 1970s style flat in » Continue Reading.
The debate goes on. We can’t leave it alone. It keeps bubbling up to the surface no matter what we do to keep it down. So this is it. The ultimate discussion on this persistent topic. Which band has been the most influential: Yes, or Pink Floyd?